Zambians have been urged by PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema not to demonize and avoid exporting the nation’s resources, such as energy.
According to him, embracing the export of commodities like energy will encourage foreign investment and exchange.
The Head of State declared that in terms of earning foreign cash for the nation’s sustainable development, energy exportation will overtake mining.
President Hichilema stated that electricity should be a source to help the country expand in terms of foreign exchange when he opened the Kafue Gorge Lower Hydro Power Plant, which generates 750 Megawatts + 12 Megawatts of hydropower in the Chikankata district.
“Let us generate more and export. Zambians have demonised exports. Let us not listen to the propaganda. We want energy to be second from mining in generating Foreign exchange in the country,” he said.
Since then, he has given the bordering nations of Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Botswana assurances that as Zambia increases its energy production, it will meet the demands of the aforementioned nations to spur commerce.
Furthermore, according to President Hichilema, the power generating at Kafue Gorge would soon be put into operation, helping to put an end to load shedding, which in the past had the feel of a ceremonial celebration.
The President of State reaffirmed that the government is committed to and working hard to see that the country is revived with the completion of such projects as the commissioning of the Kafue Gorge power generating.
“I assure Zambians that we are working day and night to take back Zambia into a decent economy to help generate investment, thereby creating more job opportunities,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Head of State has re-echoed the revival of Zambia’s relationship with China stating that the restored partnership has helped kickstart many projects such as the commissioning of the Kafue Gorge.
“Opposition are saying that Zambia and China have no close ties, but we have restored the China Zambia relationship. We have reset our relationship and this engagement marks the beginning of projects that we will work on together to benefit Zambia. We will further reset the relationship and partnership including a financial partnership,” he said.